- A. General Exhortation (4:1–3)
- B. Living in the New Community (4:4–6:9)
Paul now moves from theory to practice. Having made believers aware of the hope to which God has called them (1:18), he admonishes them to live a life worthy of the calling. Paul's ethics are of motivation, not of prohibition; instead of legislating behavior, he sets ideals (cf. Php 4:8-9). That he is a prisoner adds urgency to his appeal.